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Maidens, Meal and Money Capitalism and the Domestic Community

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ISBN-10: 0521297087

ISBN-13: 9780521297080

Edition: 1981

Authors: Claude Meillassoux, Felicity Edholm, John Dunn, Jack Goody, Geoffrey Hawthorn

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For over twenty years, Claude Meillassoux has been concerned with the study of the different modes of production which existed in Africa prior to colonisation, and the ways in which they responded to colonisation. In this book Professor Meillassoux draws both on his extensive fieldwork in Africa and on the anthropological literature to provide a detailed theoretical analysis of the self-sustaining agricultural community and its articulation with capitalism through the process of colonisation. Using evidence from the usually separated disciplines of ethnology and economics, he explores the major contradiction created by the persistence within the heart of capitalism of the self-sustaining…    
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List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 1981
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/5/1981
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 212
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Historical anthropologist Claude Meillassoux was born in Roubaix, France, and educated in part at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris. In addition to his diploma from the institute, he earned a B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Economics in Paris, an M.A. from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. from the University of Paris. Before embarking upon a scholarly career, he worked in a factory, in advertising, and as an interpreter. In 1957, he became an assistant in the Practical School of Higher Studies in Paris, a position he held until 1964. At that point in time, he became a research fellow at the National Center of Scientific Research, also in Paris. Recognized for his firmly…    

Preface to the English translation
The Domestic Community
Locating the domestic community
Why incest?
The band and the relations of adhesion
Mating and filiation
Protected women, abducted women
Domestic reproduction
The level of the productive forces
The constitution of the relations of production
The constitution of the relations of reproduction
The alimentary structures of kinship
The reproduction of human energy or the process of production: energy - subsistence - energy
The circulation of offspring
The dialectic of equality
The circulation of wives and bridewealth
Bridewealth as wives' claims
Identical exchange
Incipient value
Who are the exploited?
Contradictions and contacts: the premises of inequality
The exploitation of the domestic community: imperialism as a mode of reproduction of cheap labour power
The paradoxes of colonial exploitation
Direct and indirect wages
Primitive accumulation
Without hearth or home: the rural exodus
Periodic migration: the eternal return to the native land
The maintenance of labour-reserves
The double labour market and segregation
The profits from immigration
The limits of the over-exploitation of labour
The poverty datum line
The objective criterion for the division of the proletariat
References cited